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 for amend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amend \A*mend"\ ([.a]*m[e^]nd"), v. i.
     To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or
     morals; to improve. "My fortune . . . amends." --Sir P.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Amend \A*mend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amended; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Amending.] [F. amender, L. emendare; e (ex) + mendum,
     menda, fault, akin to Skr. minda personal defect. Cf.
     Emend, Mend.]
     To change or modify in any way for the better; as,
     (a) by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt,
         superfluous, faulty, and the like;
     (b) by supplying deficiencies;
     (c) by substituting something else in the place of what is
         removed; to rectify.
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               Mar not the thing that can not be amended. --Shak.
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               An instant emergency, granting no possibility for
               revision, or opening for amended thought. --De
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               We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by
               wedding her to a Norman.             --Sir W.
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     To amend a bill, to make some change in the details or
        provisions of a bill or measure while on its passage,
        professedly for its improvement.
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     Syn: To Amend, Emend, Correct, Reform, Rectify.
     Usage: These words agree in the idea of bringing things into
            a more perfect state. We correct (literally, make
            straight) when we conform things to some standard or
            rule; as, to correct proof sheets. We amend by
            removing blemishes, faults, or errors, and thus
            rendering a thing more a nearly perfect; as, to amend
            our ways, to amend a text, the draft of a bill, etc.
            Emend is only another form of amend, and is applied
            chiefly to editions of books, etc. To reform is
            literally to form over again, or put into a new and
            better form; as, to reform one's life. To rectify is
            to make right; as, to rectify a mistake, to rectify
            abuses, inadvertencies, etc.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make amendments to; "amend the document"
      2: to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his
         changes" [syn: better, improve, amend, ameliorate,
         meliorate] [ant: aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate,
      3: set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify
         the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight" [syn:
         rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  103 Moby Thesaurus words for "amend":
     acculturate, advance, ameliorate, better, blue-pencil, boost,
     bring forward, civilize, come along, come on, compensate, correct,
     develop, edify, edit, educate, elevate, emend, emendate, enhance,
     enlighten, enrich, fatten, favor, fix, forward, foster, gain,
     gain ground, get ahead, get along, give satisfaction, go ahead,
     go forward, go straight, graduate, grow better, improve,
     improve upon, lard, lift, look up, make all square,
     make an improvement, make good, make headway, make progress,
     make right, make strides, meliorate, mend, new-model, nurture,
     pay reparations, perk up, pick up, progress, promote, put right,
     put straight, put to rights, raise, re-form, recense, reclaim,
     recompense, rectify, redact, redeem, redraft, redress, refashion,
     refine upon, reform, regenerate, remedy, remodel, remunerate,
     renew, repair, requite, reshape, restore self-respect, revamp,
     revise, rework, rewrite, right, set right, set straight,
     set to rights, set up, shape up, show improvement, skyrocket,
     socialize, straighten out, take off, transfigure, transform,
     upgrade, uplift, work over

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